SAINT Colman's College, Fermoy was illuminated in more ways than one last Thursday evening when academic and sporting excellence was honoured at the annual awards night ceremony.
With a theme of self-belief and perseverence, the awards were presented by special guest Capt. Stephen Molumphy, Ballyduff native, Waterford Hurler and past pupil of St. Colman's.
Celebrating excellence in all departments, the glittering ceremony in a packed College Hall saw over 60 awards presented to honour students, past and present as well as to others who have made outstanding achievements in the community or in their chosen field.
MC for the evening was deputy principal Ms. Veronica O'Donoghue, who welcomed everyone and stressed how a policy of "is feidir linn" or self-belief is so important if students are to achieve their potential.
She spoke of how the College attempts to foster this self- belief through a positive learning environment, an ethos of hard work, high but realistic expectations and through empowering pupils to achieve their own ambitions.
Ms. O'Donoghue also commented on the exceptionally strong Leaving Cert results of this year's cohort. The students, she noted, had encouraged and challenged each other to achieve new heights and by their success they will be role models to younger pupils in the school.
St. Colman's Principal, Dermot Coakley, introduced guest of honour Capt Stephen Molumphy as someone who epitomised so many of the qualities identified by Ms. O'Donoghue:- hard work, ambition, courage in adversity, quiet but determined leadership and love of family and community.
Mr. Coakley identified Stephen's sense of service as a quality many of the young recipients should take note of and act on. Thanking Stephen for accepting the invitation of guest of honour, Mr. Coakley remarked that he was in so many ways an apt role model for the young men in the hall.
In his address after receiving the Past Pupil's Award, Stephen Molumphy remembered his time in St. Colman's fondly. His early hurling career was nurtured in the College where he won a Dean Ryan Cup medal and back-toback Dr. Harty Cup winners' medals in 2001 and 2002. These provincial wins were subsequently converted into two All Ireland winners' medals.
Stephen stressed the importance of setting personal goals to achieve targets in life and congratulating all the award winners, he urged them to use their achievements as a springboard to go on to bigger and better things.
The evening also featured musical interludes from students as well as refreshments and in conclusion, Veronica O'Donoghue thanked all who helped organise the event as well as the student council and the College prefects.